High 5: Pop & Chip With A Neighborhood Icon

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Every Wednesday for the past 16 years, kids have flocked to Buck Conder’s house in South Jordan for a tradition known as Pop & Chip.

“We picked a day, Wednesday, and then I was going to quit and they got mean and ugly about it.”

It’s a simple offering, bringing together a neighborhood. While some come for the snacks, other come for the stories.

“He was in the Vietnam War, and he tells me about that and his childhood,” neighbor Cade Swensen says.

“He told us once that he didn’t have his first soda pop until he was like in high school and he wanted other people to have that opportunity,” says neighbor Zach Kirkham.

An Army vet, Buck has seen many hard things in his life.

“I got shot up pretty bad,” he says. ” Yeah, I’ve got three Purple Hearts over there.”

The flags in his yard are a reminder of friends lost in Vietnam.

“My second month over there in December of 1966, we ran into an ambush and there were 35, and 27 were killed.”

And before that: “I was in Germany in 1961 when the Berlin Wall went up and my unit was there.”

While Buck is known for his stories, he’s also known for being a good neighbor.

“Buck makes this neighborhood feel like there is unconditional love no matter what, no matter where you come from you’re loved,” says Apryll Carter.

Which is why when word got out that he was getting the KSL High 5, everyone wanted to be a part of it.

“You are the perfect example of the High 5 and what it’s about,” KSL’s Shara Park says. “Its about celebrating those in our community making a difference, and we can’t thank you enough for doing that and making such a difference to them as well.”

We also had a little surprise for Buck from our friends at America First Credit Union.

“You’ve obviously had a great influence on those who are here present today, and as a thank you we would like to present you with a $500 gift card from America First, thank you for all you do and the positive influence you are.”

So why does Buck do this? Why buy the pop and chips each week, and wait for the little ones to come?

The answer is simple: It’s friendship.

“Every time I leave he always says thanks for being my friend, and it’s really happy for me,” Julia Thompson says.

“He teaches them how to be a friend, he teaches them what to listen for, he teaches them how to care about other people, how to have a friendship, how to be a true person who cares about other people,” says Lynette Williams.

If there’s a lesson in life you want them to know, what is that?

Buck answers, “Just be nice.”

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Geocaching—Treasure Hunting with the Family

Did you know there are hidden treasure boxes all around you right now? If you’re looking for a fun, inexpensive summer activity you can do with the whole family, try geocaching—all you need is a GPS-enabled device and a sense of adventure.

Geocaching is the process of using GPS coordinates to find containers (or “caches”) concealed above the ground in forests, fields, caves, bodies of water and city streets. You’d probably be surprised to discover how many are nearby. According to geocaching.com, there are more than three million caches in over 190 countries. Some are as small as film canisters while others are large buckets. They have been placed there by the community of geocachers to give the others something to find.

Once you pick a cache and locate it using the listed coordinates, you’ll normally find some sort of logbook and some trinkets or small toys. The rule of geocaching is that if you take something, you’re supposed to leave something of equal or greater value. These real-world treasure hunts vary in difficulty, so all ages can enjoy it.

It’s easy to participate:

  • Step 1: Register for a free account at geocaching.com or download the free app. This will allow you to see coordinates for various caches, get clues from other geocachers and log your finds.
  • Step 2: Choose your cache by searching near your location or destination. If you’re just starting out, select a regular-sized or large cache with a low difficulty rating.
  • Step 3: Use your GPS-enabled device. Once you’ve successfully located a geocache, sign the logbook and then return it to its original location so the next treasure-seeker can find it.

Have fun outdoors and get some exercise by geocaching!

America First Credit Union Continues Expansion into Southern Nevada Market

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Nicole Cypers, America First Credit Union
801.827.8655 / ncypers@americafirst.com
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America First Credit Union Continues Expansion into Southern Nevada Market

Las Vegas – June 12, 2019  America First Credit Union (AFCU) opened its 15th branch in Southern Nevada  and its 128th branch is the U.S.  at 1400 South Rainbow Boulevard, centered in the southwest part of the valley.

The full-service, 5,197-square-foot branch includes four teller stations; a four-lane drive-up, one lane being an ATM; a coin counter; three loan offices; and two remote expert offices. This branch will help serve more than 107,000 members of the credit union in Clark County. In addition to the South Rainbow location, AFCU has 14 other branches in Southern Nevada, including one in Mesquite. The credit union, with its headquarters’ location in Ogden, Utah, also plans to an additional location by the end of the year on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The leading member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution branch will be managed by Geri Albores, who has over 24 years of experience in the financial sector. Albores, who was promoted to market manager in 2013, will have a staff of eight.

Since the branch officially opened on June 3, a steady stream of new and current members has visited to take part in the monthlong celebration, complete with raffle prize giveaways. One lucky Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) fan who visits the branch June 3 to June 29 will win a signed VGK jersey. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Friday, June 21 at 8 a.m.

“We are delighted with the reception from community,” said Albores. “The Golden Knights grand prize drawing has definitely brought the fans. We are eager for the opportunity to serve new clients and offer a place where members can not only solve any financial problems, but also get advice and learn valuable financial information. At America First Credit Union, we believe that informed members make for stronger communities.”

The new open-space offices provide for a more robust digital experience and open engagement.

The full-service branch will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The branch is closed on Sundays.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 128 locations, and is the ninth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $11.1 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,021,000 members.

Our Real Heroes

By John B. Lund, President and Chief Executive Officer

Over many years, I’ve been privileged to meet and chat with famous athletes and sporting icons, often referred to as cultural heroes. Such individuals include professional basketball players, members of the PGA Tour golf elite, soccer stars, gymnasts, even a few music & entertainment luminaries. The talent with which these folks are blessed and what they accomplish in their endeavors is certainly impressive and appreciated by hundreds of thousands; they inspire and provide us with thrilling memories.

However, as I think further about the concept of heroes and how it applies to the real people surrounding us, the exemplary America First staff comes to mind. Our team strives diligently to help members fulfill their dreams, develop & maintain financial well-being, alleviate stressful circumstances, and simplify their lives. I will share three quick examples.

A gentleman recently visited a local branch with his autistic grandson, whom he hoped to assist in finding a job at Deseret Industries. The immediate problem was that the grandson did not have any government-issued identification, which is necessary for both employment and receiving pay to be deposited at a financial institution. The grandfather was indeed worried and frustrated but, long story short, our branch manager worked directly with this member and found a solution for getting his grandson ID and an account. I was blessed to get a wonderful letter that expressed sincere appreciation for our manager and her willingness to go above and beyond in helping this young man secure his first identification card, savings account and, I’m happy to report, job—he was all smiles when his first check arrived!

I also learned of another terrific branch leader who spent countless hours assisting a single mother research and meet the requirements to qualify for her very first mortgage. The happiness and joy exhibited by this mother in having a home of her own to raise this child was evident in her thankful note.

Lastly, I was in a restaurant in the Salt Lake airport, having a bite to eat because my flight was delayed. My server immediately noticed the America First logo on my shirt and exclaimed, “You saved my life!” I had never met her, let alone saved her life. Yet this kind woman explained that she was referred to our credit union by a friend and we found a way to consolidate her bills so that she was able to save hundreds each month, putting some money away for her son’s college education.

These are simple, powerful, potentially life-changing experiences our credit union was able to facilitate—all by helping each America First member, every single day. The people who work here are the real heroes in my eyes and in the sight of those they serve. We are truly grateful for your membership, loyalty and stories. We look forward to a lifetime relationship.

America First Credit Union Holding Shred-Your-Stuff Saturday

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

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America First Credit Union Holding Shred-Your-Stuff Saturday

Riverdale, Utah – (May 29, 2019) – On Saturday, June 1, America First Credit Union (AFCU) will be helping members of the community enhance their personal security during its Shred-Your-Stuff Saturday events.

All community members can bring their financial documents and personal information and personal information they want shredded and AFCU will take care of it at no cost.

The following AFCU locations will be participating from 9 a.m. to noon:

  • Clinton Branch – 1724 N 2000 W, Clinton, UT
  • Harrisville Branch – 358 North Harrisville Road, Harrisville, UT
  • Herriman Branch – 5438 W 13400 South, Herriman, UT
  • Orem Branch – 1356 S Main St., Orem, UT
  • Providence Macey’s Branch – 50 N Highway 165, Providence, UT

“AFCU’s mission is to help our members and the community achieve financial well-being, and shredding documents is an important part because identity theft could cost you,” said John Lund, President & CEO. “You should shred anything that has personal information like your name, address, phone number, social security number, or bank account information. This might include a few documents you don’t initially think about, including ATM receipts, credit card receipts, bills, and even used airline tickets.”

Individuals are allowed up to 5 boxes of materials at a time for shredding. If they have more, they’re allowed to get back in line for further service.

For additional information on America First Credit Union, visit americafirst.com, or follow America First on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 127 locations, and is the 9th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $11.1 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,021,000 members.

Student Athletes Across Utah recognized and awarded by America First Credit Union, KJZZ and KMYU

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Student Athletes Across Utah recognized and awarded by America First Credit Union, KJZZ and KMYU

Scholarship recipients gathered at annual Outstanding Scholar Athlete Banquet

Riverdale, Utah – (May 3, 2019) – As part of the America First Charitable Foundation, America First Credit Union recently recognized high school student athletes at the Outstanding Scholar Athlete Banquet. The event was held Friday, April 26 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Throughout the 2018 – 2019 high school football season, America First, KJZZ and KMYU stations acknowledged local student athletes each week during the Thursday Night Lights and Friday Night Rivals games. Students were recognized for having a 3.5 GPA or higher, as well as for their outstanding citizenship and school involvement. This year, 22 high school seniors were awarded a $500 scholarship.

For additional information on America First Credit Union, visit www.americafirst.com, or follow America First on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

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Scholarship recipients pose for a photo at the Outstanding Scholar Athlete Banquet in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 128 locations, and is the 9th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $11.1billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,021,000 members.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Get in Good Shape Online

Not only is spring a time when folks decide to exercise more regularly, it also presents a great opportunity to get your cyber security self in top shape. And we have a quick & easy workout to help guard against these constant threats.

  • Create complicated social media passwords using numeral-letter combinations, as well as special characters, for each platform. Having just one is an open invitation to criminals.
  • Don’t make phrases short and personal, such as using your pet’s name, birthdays, etc. You might be surprised at how much a hacker can discover about you.
  • Remember to change passcodes routinely, at least once a year. If may take a little time, but avoiding identity theft is worth it.
  • Tighten security settings—companies often alter privacy options or add options without letting you know.
  • Visit us here to see how we’re working to safeguard your information and financial resources.

America First Celebrates Eight Decades of Excellence in Credit Union Service

By John B. Lund, President and Chief Executive Officer

This year, America First held our Annual Meeting one month after the 80th anniversary of our founding—Fort Douglas Civilian Employees Credit Union was chartered on March 16, 1939.

Although our origins are humble, the 59 members who formed this cooperative had one simple yet powerful objective: helping each other improve their collective and individual financial well-being. For 80 years, America First has endeavored to build on this same focus, bringing the same passion for service and a commitment to provide the highest-quality products & services, in the most professional manner.

One of our most distinguishing characteristics is the volunteer Board of Directors who approve the strategy and focus of the organization. America First has nine outstanding board members who give tremendously of their time and talents, without compensation, to benefit the credit union. They are truly dedicated to improving the financial health of every member and we are fortunate to have them on our team.

At the Tuesday, April 16 Annual Meeting in Ogden, Utah, three highly qualified directors were approved to serve three-year terms: Barney B. Chapman, Kenlon W. Reeve and Michael W. Roden. Acting Board Nominations/Elections Committee Chair Linda Carver conducted the proceedings. The board subsequently voted on internal leadership roles, with Linda Carver serving as chair, Kenlon Reeve as vice chair, and John Spease as secretary. Our most sincere thanks are extended to Jim Wendler for his dedicated leadership and service as board chairman the last four years.

Our Loan Review and Supervisory Committees are also comprised of volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to delivering much-needed service & expertise. The Loan Review Committee—unique not only among financial institutions, but among credit unions—is an independent appeals avenue for members initially denied financing. The Supervisory Committee works with internal and external auditors to ensure fiscal and regulatory safety & soundness.

During his chairman’s message at the Annual Meeting, Mr. Wendler noted that the spirit, values and principles of integrity that drove the formation of America First have not changed in 80 years, nor would they change for generations of members to come. “This credit union remains a shining example of how people of diverse backgrounds but sharing a common purpose can form and operate an institution that serves their financial interests and plays a vital role in the communities in which it’s invested,” he said.

Indeed, we at America First strive each day to dedicate ourselves to uppermost standards, forward-thinking strategies, prudent financial management, and excellence in service. It’s therefore an honor to report that our credit union is strong, vibrant and well-positioned for the future. My utmost appreciation is offered to you, our valued members. We pledge our best efforts to maintain your trust in establishing a lifelong relationship.

America First Credit Union Opens New Branch in West Valley City

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America First Credit Union Opens New Branch in West Valley City
Utah’s largest credit union opens new branch on Monday, April 29

Riverdale, Utah – (April 26, 2019) – Next week, Utah’s largest credit union, America First Credit Union, will open their newest branch in West Valley City, Utah. The West Valley branch located at 3253 West 3500 South, West Valley City, Utah 84120, was relocated in order to provide its members with an upgraded experience. The new branch will open their doors on Monday, April 29, 2019.

The new West Valley branch will hold an extended grand opening from Monday, April 29 through Saturday, June 1. Each day throughout April 29th – May 11th, America First Credit Union will be giving away a $50 Visa gift card. Members can enter the drawing once per day by stopping into the branch during the two-week period. Additionally, members can also enter a weekly drawing lasting through June 1. The gift basket is valued at more than $100 and includes an America First blanket, a $50 Megaplex gift card and a $50 dinner gift card. There will also be a kids weekly drawing that includes an America First branded piggy bank and a $25 America First Credit Union certificate towards a new youth account.

Ronise Skraznas will serve as service center manager of the new West Valley location. Ronise began her career with America First Credit Union 23 years ago as a teller and quickly moved up the ranks, managing several branches across Utah. Ronise serves on the Woman in Business Board for ChamberWest and graduated from the Leadership Institute program in 2018.

The West Valley branch is located 3253 West 3500 South, West Valley City, Utah 84120. Branch hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For additional information on America First Credit Union and to view the scholarship application, visit www.americafirst.com, or follow America First on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 128 locations, and is the 9th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.6 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,013,000 members.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

America First Credit Union Elects New Board of Directors at 80th Annual Meeting

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America First Credit Union Elects New Board of Directors at 80th Annual Meeting

Riverdale, Utah – (April 19, 2019) – On Tuesday, April 16, America First Credit Union held their 80th annual meeting. Members heard from James Wendler, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and John Lund, President and CEO of America First Credit Union, as they gained insight on the financial state of the organization.

The following individuals were elected to the America First Credit Union Board of Directors.

• Kenlon Reeve
• Barney Chapman
• Mike Roden

The newly elected Board Officers include:

Chair: Linda Carver
Vice Chair: Kenlon Reeve
Secretary: John Spease

The newly appointed Chair of the Board of Directors, Linda Carver, served America First Credit Union in the same capacity from 2011 – 2014 and most recently held the role of Vice Chair from 2015 until Tuesday when she was re-elected as Chair of the Board of Directors.

For additional information on America First Credit Union, visit www.americafirst.com, or follow America First on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION
Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 128 locations, and is the 9th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.6 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,013,000 members.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com